La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events, March. 2

Stage Presence

13 La Jolla youths will enter a “world of pure imagination” in the J*Company production of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” matinee and evening shows March 10-26 in the Garfield Theater at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. La Jollan Nathan Conlan takes the Gene Wilder-inspired title role, Ben Jimenez is Mike Teavee and Marina Hall is Violet Beauregarde. Tickets: $17-$19. (858) 362-1348.

In a modern, post-apocalyptic interpretation of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” the UC San Diego Department of Theater & Dance presents “The Taming of the Shrew(d),” matinees and evenings through March 11 at Potiker Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, on the UCSD campus. Tickets: $20. (858) 534-4574.

Lots of Music in the Air

Trio Con Brio Copenhagen, with violist Ivo-Jan van der Werff and bassist Timothy Pitts, will perform the Schubert “Trout” Quintet and the Schumann Piano Quartet, in concert 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Tickets: $40-$45. (858) 454-5872.

Opera Wednesdays continues 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 (on second Wednesdays, Southern California’s top performing artists share their gifts). La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Suggested donation: $10. (858) 459-0831.

The Dublin Guitar Quartet, the first classical quartet devoted entirely to new music, performs 8 p.m. Friday, March 3 at Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UCSD campus, 9500 Gilman Drive. Presented by ArtPower, the program includes: Bryce Dessner’s “Aheym,” Philip Glass’s “Saxophone Quartet,” Rachel Grimes’s “Book of Leaves,” William Kanengiser’s “Gongan,” Nikita Koshkin’s “Changing the Guard,” György Ligeti’s “Inaktelki Nóták” and “Mátraszentimrei Dalok” and Urmas Sisask’s “Songs in Honour of the Virgin Mary.” Tickets from $28. (858) 534-8497.

La Jolla Music Society presents two concerts at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Sherwood Auditorium this week. First, violinist Caroline Goulding takes the stage as part of the San Diego Youth Symphony, 8 p.m. Friday, March 3 with $20 admission (she also performs 3 p.m. Sunday, March 5 at the Auditorium at TSRI, 10620 John J Hopkins Drive, tickets $30). At 8 p.m. Thursday, March 9, Brad Mehldau will perform as part of the piano series, tickets from $30. 700 Prospect St. (858) 459-3728.

Lectures for Learning

The next CARTA Public Symposium will address “Awareness of Death and Personal Mortality: Implications for Anthropogeny” through speakers on various sub-topics, 1-5:30 p.m. Friday, March 3 at the Salk Institute Conrad T. Prebys auditorium, 10010 North Torrey Pines Road. Because a full house is expected, the symposium will be live-streamed and shown on screenings in the auditorium lobby. Free. Register or learn more:

The Athenaeum’s Dialogues in Art & Architecture series continues 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 with “A Conversation about the U.S.-Mexico Border, Tracing its aesthetic, ecological and political effects on both sides of the partition.” Robert Pincus moderates the discussion with UCSD professor Oscar Romo and SCI-Arc architecture school professor Jake Matatyaou. Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Free. (858) 454-5872.

Artist in Residence

New York artist James Austin Murray is Madison Gallery’s first artist-in-residence at 1055 Wall St. Known for his large-scale monochromatic paintings, Murray’s work “encourages viewers to look beyond the black canvas and see infinite colors and forms.” See his work, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, through March 15. Free. (858) 459-0836.

Spring Flower Show

The Ohara School of Ikebana (flower arranging) presents its annual exhibit, “Festival of Spring Flowers,” 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 4-5 at Casa Del Prado, 1650 El Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego. Student and master works, with demonstrations at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. each day. Free.

Tennis Anyone?

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club hosts the 128th annual Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Tennis Championship, March 2-5 at 2000 Spindrift Drive. Many of the best NCAA Men’s college teams in the country are expected to compete, along with top teaching pros, promising juniors, college coaches and former tour players. Free. (858) 551-4600. Schedule and live-streaming: